Obama's convention bounce vanishes in Gallup poll
September 18th, 2012
05:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama's convention bounce vanishes in Gallup poll

(CNN) – After a wave of post-convention approval, President Barack Obama's lead has faded, according to the latest Gallup daily tracking poll Tuesday.

Gallup's seven-day rolling average indicates that 47% of registered voters supporting Obama and 46% supporting Romney, returning the race back to narrow, pre-convention margins.

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The president's lead was as high as seven points in Gallup's daily tracking poll last Wednesday.

A CNN Poll of Polls which averages the seven national survey of likely voters conducted following the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention earlier this month indicated that 49% of likely voters were backing the president, with 46% supporting the Republican nominee.

While the Gallup poll samples registered voters, it will move to sample the smaller pool of likely voters in the next few weeks as November draws near.

This latest edition of the Gallup poll was conducted September 11-17, nearly entirely before Monday's release of secretly recorded clips of Romney speaking at a private fundraiser in May that critics charge portray him as out of touch with ordinary Americans. Those clips have dominated coverage of the campaign trail over the past 24 hours.

The Gallup daily tracking poll is based on telephone interviews with approximately 3,050 registered voters; Margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points.

CNN's Dana Davidsen and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Nice try cnn. No way just from I am hearing at work (yes, I vote for Obama and I work) about what people now think of the twit, including some rethugs. Right now Warren is up 48% to 44% against brown.
    brown and mcmahon are distancing themselves from him faster than you can say, where are your taxes twit?
    Those telephone polls are probably faux news robots.

    September 18, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Too funny. If indeed this is a true poll with honest numbers, America absolutely deserves a President Mitt Romney. I'm actually looking forward to that, just to hear the gnashing of teeth and "if only" coming from HIS own party. He ought to do "wonders" for every American making over 1,000,000. The rest of us can go to h3ll ... literally.

    September 18, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. rob

    His support will continue to vanish as our horrible economic condition and world news continues to come out. CNN is already declaring Romney's undoing from this "Secret Tape" but it will not change the underlying facts about the failed policies of the Democrats which have been a disaster for the middle class.

    September 18, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. bill

    No matter how hard CNN tries to spin it and make us normal middle class think its over with you bashing Romney we know better and your shows are turning into a MSNBC spin off

    September 18, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Michael


    September 18, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Dan B

    Marie, you live in Maryland, what do you expect. Try moving to West VA and see who likes Oblunder. He almost lost his primary to A GUY IN PRISON.

    September 18, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    so does that mean that Mitt's negative bounce he received from the RNC convention has vanished as well? Just wondering.

    September 18, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. n

    Oh, another lying poll to boost Romney campaign and his base. We know what you guys are doing behind the scenes. Romney is floating upside down in the political waters and you want us to believe your pseudo poll numbers. A sad day when the media have to hold up a failing candidate just so he/she can make it to the finish line. Question, what is Romney's handicap, his political curve? Black folks are use to working twice as hard for ten times less. The harder This President works, the stronger he becomes. Heck, he might have to cary Mitt the twit to the finish line himself.

    September 18, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If you don't make $1,000,000 or more, too bad because it's no fault of mine, so eat dirt. No insult intended, just word for thought.

    September 18, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    This time Obamawins landslide victory. Yes, on Obama12.

    September 18, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    And I'm voting for Obama.

    September 18, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    It doesn't matter what Mitt Romney says or what Mitt Romney thinks. This entire election from the primaries onward has been rigged for Republicans to crown Mitt Romney King. It'd be laughable if it weren't so corrupt.

    September 18, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    figures – I was afraid of that – it will continue to fade – even though I'm voting Democrat – even though texas is a red state – and my vote may not count that much. Well, if romney is our next president, there's some good things about him – under the romney regime, there will be millions of new jobs, that's for sure – we're sitting on top of 500+ yrs. of coal in the mountain state – and obama won't give them the "okay" to mine it – not to mention that the buckeye state & the keystone state are sitting on top of another 500 + years of gas / oil / & shale – & this administration won't drill it. Wait til the Romney regime gets IN – not only north dakota, but Alaska will end up having thousands of oil wells & rigs, there will be plenty of jobs, and the romney regime will probably put the ax to the e.p.a. and the Romney administration will drill off of every beach or shore we have here in this country.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the working middle class)

    September 18, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Jules

    Don't believe it.

    September 18, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. DJ

    Libbies just can't stand the American people waking up and choosing the RIGHT Candidate and it's not Obozo.

    September 18, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Pete

    These polls are ridiculous,there is no way after the momentus insensitive misstatement Romney made he's even positive in the polls,are republicans that ignorent,insensitive or are they just oblivious to what's going around and just don't care!!Remember idiots this is for all the marbles,the brass ring,the stuffed bear at the circus,its means you're the Great Kahoona in the White House.Romney doesn't belong as head of an out house,he's that insensitive,ingenuous and pretty much doesn't care about anyone that doesn't have a million in the bank,just the 1% ers,remember!!So as far as I'm concerned I at least am glad I have an intelligent ,sensitive,genuine president on my side,what do you have republicans,more of the same,losers voting for losers,its historic and pathedic as well !!

    September 18, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    of course it does....as always. Now that Flip has put his foot in his mouth on a number of occassions, there's all new reasons for Obama to pull away

    September 18, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Name s kel

    Hummm not from what I heard from other ( not just as consertivies say "LIBERAL MEDIA") Pres Obama is five pts ahead. Dana and Paul smell of romney supporters. Good try far right ,not good enough.

    September 18, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    My candidate is up in the polls: Wide eyed grin.
    My candidate is down in the polls: "It's a lie!"

    We get deceptive politicians because voters are generally idiots.

    September 18, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. peggy munro

    Do you mean that 46% of Americans would actually vote for someone loke Mitt Romney? WOW!

    September 18, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Lisa P

    Since this is a seven-day rolling average I'm not sure if Obama's "Can Actually Act Like A President" bump or Romney's "Short-Sighted Political Opportunist" trough(s) have fully factored in yet. And then there's that portion of the 53% that really don't like the way he's been talking about the 47%, which could be us, after all, if we missed a few paychecks or Bain Capitol got a hold of our employer...

    September 18, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Tax Payer And President Obama Supporter

    I wonder if Romney or his wealthy friends are responsible for the video that caused our Americans to be killed last week. The polls will change next week after Romney's latest put down of half of our country.

    September 18, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. David from Georgia

    Wow! That's funny, like ha ha ha. Who really believes this poll? CNN, the only thing that is fading is your credibility. Even after the 47% comment made by Mitt Romney, you decide to post this story? OK, you are about to lose a faithful viewer.

    September 18, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. me

    I really hope Mitt can pull it off. This country is already on an express ride to the neither world. this sad joke of an administration has sent us over 16 trilliion in the hole by spending more in 4 Years than GWB could in 8. Something for you dummycrats to be realll proud of.

    September 18, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Mike A

    Nice try yourself, Marie, trying to pin the poll on fox news. Do you not know how to read? You must work in fast food or something. Your constant name calling also proves your inferior thought process.

    Poll was done by gallup.

    September 18, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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